Destiny Xbox One vs PS4 spot the difference

Bungie’s Destiny Beta is now available on PS4 and Xbox One and naturally comparisons are going to be made between the two. So we’ve captured some high resolution screenshots (click the thumbnails below) and made the following Destiny Xbox One vs PS4 video from the exact same scene in each game.  Aside from slightly different levels of contrast, you’re going to need a keen eye to compare the two, but having studied the images in particular and looking at the games side by side we’re noticing the PS4 version is ever so slightly sharper. If you focus on the tree detail to the left side of the screenshot you can clearly see the PS4 version is a little more crisp looking.  It has been said that the Xbox One version of the Beta is said to be running at 900p versus the PS4 version running at 1080p with Bungie aiming to get the Xbox One version up to 1080p for the final release this September. That said, some are wondering whether any compromises will be made on the Xbox One version to make it run at 1080p. Either way, both versions look fantastic and are a joy to play, so regardless of the system you’re playing on Destiny is one fine looking game.


Written by: Rob Cram

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  1. Not_true July 23, 2014 |

    Contrast levels are different, 1080p to 900p (currently), otherwise IQ seems identical. Couldn’t tell any AA or AO differences.

    Wait for DF to do a framerate analysis.

  2. Kamille July 23, 2014 |

    spotting differences in a compressed youtube video… What a fail. Uncompressed 720p from a bluray looks better than 2k res on youtube you know.

    • Drysden Filer July 23, 2014 |

      actually it is quite easy to tell the difference albeit the differences are so negligible that it doesnt even matter which console you play on contrary to what the teenage fanboys want you to believe.

      • Not_true July 24, 2014 |

        It seems most console gamers are ignoring attempts to downplay PS4’s stronger hardware and buying PS4s anyway. Sorry.

  3. My mate has both the PS4 version and Xbox and he was saying it is a big difference. Particularly pop in, jaggies and aliasing. Of course being 900p the Xbox version is not as sharp. Everyone is different I guess, my mate laughed when I said this article said “the PS4 version is ever so slightly sharper”.

  4. corvusmd July 23, 2014 |

    So….the 900p version of X1 Destiny actually looks better than the 1080p PS4 version of Destiny? Is that what this video is trying to show? The colors look better on the X1 version in THIS video. After playing both BETAs, I can say first hand, there isn’t clear victory for either, definitely nothing to brag about. Where I DID notice a big difference is that …at least for the BETA….the X1 sounds much better.

    I’m honestly seeing these videos more as proof that they should have kept it 900p on X1 and gone for 60fps.

    • Not_true July 24, 2014 |

      “Sharper colors” is just the crushed blacks bug on the Xbox that can be replicated by adjusting the contrast or sharpness on your display. Oversharpening and crushed blacks are a bad thing for visual quality.

      • corvusmd July 24, 2014 |

        Uh, so, if the visual quality when it hits the screen is the same or better….why does it matter how they got there? This whole “crushed blacks” thing has never come across as more than nit-picking to me. Esp when it’s in videos such as this one…streaming…and we have no idea what capture techniques were used….it simply could be a contrast issue. More to the point, who cares? They look so similar that anything we bring up trying to say that it looks better…just looks like they were TRYING to find a difference.

        • Not_true July 24, 2014 |

          Streaming video to a capture device bypasses any image manipulation by a display, it’s direct from console to capture card.

          Yes if you increase your contrast ratio too high, the darker areas become totally black (crushed) so you lose fine details. This is a problem with Xbox One’s display output upscaler since launch.

  5. ThePokeMaster July 23, 2014 |

    Difference in contrast levels. Xbox One version is darker as usual.
    But they’re almost identical anyway.

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